It is difficult to avoid politics when in Israel, with the debate continuing to rage fiercely regarding the state’s past, present and future. However, the country is of course synonymous with religion and the sacred landmarks of the Holy Land continue to attract a huge number of visitors every year. The Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem is home to the most famous wonders, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall. For those simply seeking areas of natural beauty, Israel has an abundance of areas to be explored. The novelty of the Dead Sea’s natural salt content means many tourists head there to float lazily on the water, while the Israel National Trail offers hikers the chance to see untouched landscape on a route which travels the length of the country. These attractions and much more are what keeps Israel popular as a destination.